Office of the Public Guardian

Serving: Orange County Residents
Facility: County Operated
Region: Countywide
Address: 1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. #C, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 567-7660     Fax: (714) 567-7633
Web Address: http://ochealthinfo.com/bhs/pg 
Eligibility: Conservatorship referral criteria-LPS-Grave disability due to a mental disorder and unable to provide for their food, clothing or shelter. Probate-Unable to provide for their food, clothing or shelter due to a disabling medical condition
Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday

Program Description:  The Public Guardian serves the community by providing investigative and fiduciary services to adults who are unable to provide their own basic personal needs due to a severe mental disorder or disabling physical condition. Public Guardian deputies and staff are committed to ensure that individualized personal treatment, supervision and financial oversight is provided so that conservatee achieve their highest level of self-determination, autonomy and independence.

The Office of the Public Guardian is dedicated to the physical and financial safety of persons unable to do so on their own that are conserved when there are no viable alternatives to a public conservatorship. The Superior Court determines whether a conservatorship should be established, involving a court process that includes petitioning the court and notifying the proposed conservatee and his or her family of the proceedings. A conservatorship is only established as a last resort through a formal hearing. The Court can appoint the Public Guardian as a conservator of the person only, estate only (for probate) or both person and estate.